Beatrice M. L. Huntington

1889 - 1988

Beatrice Huntington was an artist of great versatility.

Throughout her fascinating lifetime, which spanned a century, she remained indefatigably committed to her art and to the process of 'containing and realising the bigness of it all.' She described it thus in a letter to a friend in 1977, when at the age of 88, she was still refining her approach to colour and drawing. One half of an artistic partnership with her husband William Macdonald, she benefitted from his close acquaintance with the Scottish Colourists which rooted them both within the Scottish art scene of the 1920s and 30s. She benefitted too from his experience as they travelled together on the Continent and she shared in his interest in Spain. But by the time she met Macdonald in her 20s, her own identity as an artist was already well-established, informed by her periods of study in Paris, Munich and London. Throughout her life, her outlook remained broad but her approach individual.